warningsign

 

Alternative passive for reporting

 

 

In order to distance oneself from the facts, especially in formal or written English, we can use an alternative passive structure:

Subject+passive verb+to+infinitive

 

E.g.

He is said to be a good player= Se dice que es un buen jugador

The singularity is predicted to occur= Se prevé que la singularidad ocurra

The theft is believed to have occurred during the night= Se cree que el robo se produjo durante la noche